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Algonquin Dessert Caterers

Browse these dessert caterers with great ratings from Thumbtack customers in Algonquin.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 321 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Liz T.
Verified review

Loved having Chef Rich! I really want to do all of my dinners this way. What is better than hosting in your own home, then having your dishes washed and actually being able to enjoy time with your guests?! Food was perfect - truffle cream over sea bass with my favorite - flourless chocolate cake - for dessert. Not only was the food great, but also the Chef and the woman who came with him. I will for sure be using them again (along with all of my friends who I told already haha)

North Island Catering
4.8
from 147 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 268 hires on Thumbtack
Eve R.
Verified review

What a great couple! I was more interested in having lasagna which was Fabulous! I went with chicken as well and why not dessert, which again was Fabulous! My guests were so impressed with the food, dessert, quality and thoroughness of North Island Catering. I would ask them again and again. Highly recommend.

Chic Chef Catering
4.8
from 130 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 201 hires on Thumbtack
Laura S.
Verified review

Trying to plan a banquet from a thousand miles away, in a problematic downtown Chicago location, is not an easy task. Luckily for me, I found Ravi at Chic Chef Catering here on Thumbtack. Ravi took care of everything, handling all the location's inherent difficulties competently and professionally. He stayed with his staff for the entire event, and made sure all of our 80+ guests were happy and well-fed. More importantly, I didn't need to worry about the caterers and the food and all the rest of it, because it was all in his capable hands. I could instead focus on our guests. We chose a Mediterranean menu--with a vegetarian option to meet some of our guests' needs. Everything was delicious and there was plenty of it! Many thanks and much appreciation to Ravi and his crew! We would absolutely use Chic Chef Catering again!

Inglenook Catering
4.9
from 103 reviews
  • 50 years in business
  • 133 hires on Thumbtack
Lauren C.
Verified review

Wonderful service; Joseph was on time, professional, and food was served right away. And the food was AWESOME. Delicious homemade sausage, unique and tasty mostaccioli, and the dessert salad was outstanding, just to name a few of the great dishes. Got rave reviews from all of the guests at my wedding rehearsal dinner. Highly recommend!

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Hu's Assisting
5.0
from 51 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 79 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Tonya V.
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We're so happy I chose Hu's yo help us out on our wedding day. Our wedding involved a lot of DIY and disconnected components. I dont have a single bad thing to say. They were amazing in every sense of the word. Here is some of what we needed help with: - making sure the whole space was set up and ready to go on the day of the wedding. - setting up the buffet and keeping it stocked with food. - descreatly working in the reception area while the ceremony went on in the same room - transforming the ceremony space into the dance floor. - keeping the space clean by cleaning up any spills, taking out the trash, and taking used plates from guests. - managing the bar and keeping it stocked,. - taking down the whole operation within one hour so the room looked like we had never been there. They did it all and probably did more things I'm forgetting to list. They made our whole wedding flow perfectly. No matter what kind of party you're throwing, I'm certain these guys will do an amazing job.

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Just a Bite
4.8
from 51 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 78 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Patricia T.
Verified review

Loretta was prompt in responding to my questions about the menu and professional in making it all happen. The food was delicious and guests inquired who had provided it. I highly recommend Just a Bite

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Cater~2~U Catering LLC
5.0
from 49 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 68 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Kevin B.
Verified review

We have had many private chefs and caterers. We have found our “go to” chef service. Food was amazing. Mike and Matt were fun. They entertained the kids at the bar as they cooked, served.. and cleaned up. If you have never had a personal chef, try them. If you have before, uplevel to them. And by the way.. the cost was a bargain. Dinner for 8 with wine and beer pairing Less than $100 per person Insanely goid!

  • 29 years in business
  • 63 hires on Thumbtack
Penny K.
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Where to start... Chef David was professional from start to finish. Replied immediately to all emails, was honest and upfront regarding all fees. He arrived on time, cleaned up after and left my kitchen just as he found it. The meal was absolutely delicious from the first course of appetizers (artichoke puff pastry cresents and bbq pulled pork crostinis) all the way through to the last course, dessert (chocolate molten cake). He made our intimate dinner party of six a great success! Thanks again David!

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Food with Flair
5.0
from 24 reviews
  • 5 years in business
  • 26 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Lauren K.
Verified review

We had an amazing holiday party with all of our friends and family over this December. Carol brought the "wow!" with her artful presentation and delicious appetizers, entrees AND desserts! Our guests still talk about how much they loved all of the food. Carol and her team had such professionalism and took care of everything from prep, setup and cleanup. Thanks Carol! We hope to use you again soon for our daughter's wedding shower this Spring!

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Gracious
5.0
from 23 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Pamela B.
Verified review

Clarissa was awesome. I had four shifts to feed over two days and nights and she was a pro. Definitely would do se again. Food was delicious

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Chez Mikey
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 2 years in business
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Bonnie K.
Verified review

Mikey has been a great addition! He's very creative, responsive, professional and is very flexible! We've enjoyed having him in our home and his meals are delicious!

Mark Avila
5.0
from 13 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Brad K.
Verified review

Mark was incredible. Like far-exceeding-expectations incredible. I’m not sure what I liked more; his personality or his food. The meal was delicious, and unique - my wife and I were beyond impressed. You need to do yourself a favor and hire Mark.

Kitchfix
4.5
from 13 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 17 hires on Thumbtack
ROSE M.
Verified review

It was perfect! On-time delivery and set up. A delicious, abundant, of food. Dessert was amazing. Definitely would use again!

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BellaRu Catering
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Megan B.
Verified review

Maya was super responsive when we reached out to her, unlike other vendors who took days to get back Maya responded in a couple hours. We immediately liked that about her. She's also super helpful even outside of just food... during our walk through of our venue, she helped us nail down important details and timing of events. She definitely knows what she's doing and is experienced. The food is great and there are plenty of options. All of our guests commented on how yummy the food was. Would highly recommend.

J's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 1 year in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
English S.
Verified review

Urbano and team was very kind and professional! Answered all inquiries promptly and the Mexican food was delicious. These guys are passionate about what they do and it definitely pays off. Highly recommend for corporate event.

PhylClay's Catering
5.0
from 10 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Elaine P.
Verified review

I highly recommend Phylclay's catering, the service was prompt the food was delicious very well assembled.

CityEpicurean Events
4.6
from 5 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Tina O.
Verified review

Absolutely perfect. Food was delicious. Our cake was divine. They went over and above and made our special day even more special.

ChefField Events & Catering
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jacqeline H.
Verified review

Cheffield Events & Catering has to be one of the best caterers we have hired for the office. The food smelled and tasted amazing. Everyone was going back for seconds and thirds!!! We are a picky bunch, but we will be using Cheffield's in the future. They were prompt, professional and the presentations was great. We loved that they printed up a menu for our small gathering. We would recommend Cheffield Events & Catering for catering, and we hope to do many events with them.

Fyusion Dining
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
Elaine L.
Verified review

I really never write reviews, but Alvin Yu and his team were amazing! Our guests really raved about all the food. (I need to get his recipe for the Asiago Crusted Chicken Breast - so tender!). And his servers and sous chefs really made the event. Their attention to detail and lovely personalities really made the atmosphere. They were so helpful beyond what I could have even asked for. We had 2 passed appetizers, then salad, 4 entrees and 3 sides served family style for 44 guests and everything was delicious and well timed. Alvin totally understood what I wanted and was able to seamlessly accommodate special dietary needs. He was very responsive to all my questions throughout the planning process and seriously made the event really so easy on me! And they really made our guests of honor feel very special, too. They really go above and beyond. A huge thank you to Fyusion Dining for making our event such a success!

Chef Paul Catering
5.0
from 3 reviews
  • 34 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Maureen M.
Verified review

Chef Paul Catering was exactly what I was looking for in a full service caterer. They took care of everything and the food was wonderful. They worked so quietly and neatly that I hardly knew they were in our home. I will definitely use them again and recommend them.

Le Fleur de Lis Catering
5.0
from 2 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
Brandi P.
Verified review

Chief Allen, catered my West Coast Conference back in October. My colleagues are still talking about how delicious the food was and how amazing his services was. I would definitely use him again for my next function. The food was PERFECT and that service was OUTSTANDING.

Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do you find a good caterer?

Reviews, interviews and menu tastings will help you find the right catering choice for your big day. Start by screening possible wedding caterers based on past reviews. If a caterer you are interested in has a review that concerns you, ask them about it; how they respond will be very telling. Next, ask about their availability for your wedding date.

If the wedding caterer is available on your date, it’s time to talk about menus and prices. Be clear about what your maximum budget is find out what choices this will allow you. Caterers may custom-create a menu for your event, or they may have menu templates within different price ranges that can guide your decision. A clear budget gives the caterer clear parameters within which to work and offer creative suggestions. Schedule a menu tasting to confirm you love your wedding menu. Once you have a menu and date, and have paid a deposit to reserve the caterer’s services, confirm additional details including when the food will be delivered to the site, what kind of service will be provided, how many servers will be onsite and for how long, and who is responsible for setup and cleanup. The more specific your contract, the fewer worries you’ll have on your wedding day. Get more smart hiring tips here.

How much does wedding catering cost per person?

Wedding catering costs will always vary based on the number of guests you’re inviting, the menu you want to serve, and the way the food will be served to your guests. As you interview wedding catering companies, you’ll be presented with a cost per person for various menus. On the low end, wedding catering may cost approximately $15-$18 per person. This would include prepared food only, with no setup or service of any kind. The starting price for a simple buffet meal with minimal service typically averages $22 per person. Opting for the same menu with all organic ingredients could raise your costs to about $33 per person. A moderately upscale menu (finer ingredients, more elaborate presentation) could range from $24 to $34 per person. High-end wedding catering cost truly has no limit. Lobster, filet mignon, specialty seafood, organic ingredients — menu choices like these can boost your cost per person up to $150 and more.

Do you tip a wedding caterer?

Tipping 15 percent to 20 percent on a $3,000 catering bill can feel daunting — especially in light of all the other costs of throwing a wedding — but tipping your wedding caterer is standard practice. Be sure to ask your caterer about their specific policies. Many catering companies include gratuity as a line item on their bill. If tipping is not automatically included in your total, a good approach is to tip all the people involved the day of the event rather than paying one lump sum to the catering company. For each server and bartender, you can tip $20-$50, depending on how long they were onsite and whether they did exceptional work. You can also tip the chef; experts suggest $50. It’s also a good idea to tip the catering manager, the point-of-contact person who keeps the catering service running smoothly the day of your wedding, ensures all the food looks beautiful and is plentiful, and resolves any mishaps. Industry pros recommend tipping the catering manager $100-$200. If gratuity is not included and you’re tipping individuals, set aside $200-$500 in cash to be safe.

How much does it cost to hire a caterer?

Catering prices depend mainly on how fancy you want the food and service to be and how many guests you’ll have. When you’re first looking to hire a caterer for your event, consider how many guests you’ll have and your total food and drink budget. The national average for event catering is $340, but catering prices can range into the thousands depending on your menu, guest count, and service.

Event catering is a broad term that covers everything from fully prepared, ready-to-eat food that the hosts plate and serve themselves to full-service, multicourse meals, including rental of linens, glassware and other items, with service staff organized by the catering company. Usually a caterer will determine cost based on the type of event you’re having, how many guests will attend, the level of service you desire, and what type of menu you’d like to have. For example, if you have a set catering budget, say $1,500, and you plan to have 50 people attend, that means you have $30 per person for food. If you have the same budget with 100 people, you have $15 per person for food. In this way, the number of people you want to attend your event and the level of food you want to serve them determines how much catering will cost.

What should you look for in a caterer?

A delicious meal is a critical element of a successful wedding, with happy guests fondly remembering your fabulous wedding food. The right caterer for you will be:

  • Available: Even the best caterer is no good if they aren’t available on your wedding date. Ask early before you get your heart set on someone.
  • Affordable for you: Find a caterer that you can afford. Having a spending plan ahead of time will mean you won’t overspend on food.
  • A good personality fit: Wedding planning is stressful, so work with someone that you can get along with and communicate with easily.
  • Experienced and recommended: Ensure the company has a proven track record with events of your size and the references to back it up.
  • Transparent about money: Steer clear of shady pricing. Find a caterer who is very clear about costs and is happy to talk you through budgets and pricing options.
  • Transparent about food: Find someone who is clear about where they source their food from and where it is prepared.
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